TESTAMENT, ANNIHILATOR, DEATH ANGEL
BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE, EUROPEAN TOUR
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017
BARBA NEGRA, BUDAPEST
Led by the principle: If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain, I took a trip to Budapest. 400km in 9 hours, apartment 8km far from the club, subway under reconstruction… What else can go wrong?
I won time and somehow at 18:30 I was in the front of Barba Negra. No matter if I already was in Budapest for numerous times, there is always some cultural shock. Somehow my brain can not accept civilization norms Hungarians have. Since I come from primitive country where people are fighting on entrance before the show, trying to get in for free, again fighting for the space, killing each other during the shows; standing in line two by two calm and quiet, with tickets in hands is just Science Fiction. Everything was organized well. There was only routine control, and even at least 200 people were in front of me, I was in the club in less than 5 minutes. Of course, there is no sense to stand somewhere behind, I took my place in front line. Before the show begun, people were still calm and quiet.
Right on time Death Angel hit the stage. To tell you the truth, they sound at least 10 times better live. That passion, that energy, that love you can not record. As I remember well, led by strong frontman, Mark Osegueda, Death Angel honored fans with Father of Lies, The Dream Calls for Blood, Claws in So Deep, Thrown to the Wolves, Mistress of Pain, The Moth. And since I was cut from the world 24 hours before the show, I was in huge shock when Mark started speaking about all the musicians who had left us in past year and among them Malcolm Young. What the hell?! Dog Eat Dog was confirmation that, unfortunately, I heard his little speech well. R.I.P. sir Young!
Short pause and what supposed to be annihilation was just… No idea how to describe Canadian thrash metallers. Their show was good, but not that good that I expected. Compared with Death Angel’s energy, Annihilator’s was in mild range. That was good show, but something was just missing.
I was already so tired that I could hardly stand on my feet, so all I can remember was that they started with King of the Kill. Mike Harshaw had drum solo somewhere in the middle. I reacted only on my favorites: Alison Hell, Phantasmagoria, Set the World on Fire, Suicide Society. The last one was Human Insecticide, and rest of songs I do not remember. Please forgive me, I had to keep all energy I had for the band I was came to hear, mighty Testament.
Short pause, massive curtains felt over the stage, tension is rising…
When Chuck hit the stage, I thought I could die!
Impressive line up. Crème de la Crème.
Since this is officially promotional tour, Testament opened the show with Brotherhood of the Snake. Now, we Balkan primitives (mostly from Croatia and Serbia), showed our primal instincts and pulled Hungarians weather they like it or not to the mosh pits. More Than Meets the Eye, The Pale King, Electric Crown, Into the Pit, Low, Throne of Thorns, Souls of Black (the first Testament song I have ever heard), The New Order spiced with Eric Peterson’s, Gene Holgan’s and Steve DiGorgio’s solos. Chuck was extremely pleased with fans reaction, so he asked fans to give him Hungarian flag with Testament, Death Angel and Annihilator logos. Roadies reacted fast, so the flag was taped on stage. When we thought it can not be better, encore: Practice What You Preach and Over the Wall. I was praying to hear Alone In the Dark, but…
This is one of top 5 concerts in my life, and I am on the road since 1998. So, think about it…